In terms of hardware differences:What are the main differences between an Apple TV and an Amazon Firestick? Why is the Apple TV over $100 more? I own an Amazon Firestick and was wondering what the advantages would be in owning an Apple TV?
What are the main differences between an Apple TV and an Amazon Firestick? Why is the Apple TV over $100 more? I own an Amazon Firestick and was wondering what the advantages would be in owning an Apple TV?
The Apple TV has far more powerful CPU and GPU. Doesn't matter for video playback, but games look much better on the ATV (almost console quality). But more important than the hardware differences is probably the software. For example, if you use the Apple TV app, the Amazon version is more limited (doesn't support iTunes extras, does not integrate the watchlist with apps such as Hulu or Amazon Video (!)). ATV has integration with iOS devices (e.g. text entry, remote control using Apple Watch, initial setup and more). There are also Apple TV apps that have no good equivalent on the Firestick (e.g. Infuse). Finally I find the remote with the touchpad much superior to traditional button-based ones for navigating lists and "scrubbing" within a movie.What are the main differences between an Apple TV and an Amazon Firestick? Why is the Apple TV over $100 more? I own an Amazon Firestick and was wondering what the advantages would be in owning an Apple TV?
The Apple TV is over $100 more because it's Apple, and that means you pay the "Apple tax."
I had three Apple TVs and eventually sold them all, replacing them with Firesticks. The Apple TV interface was slow and kept crashing on me, the remote is utter trash, and I just got frustrated with the whole experience; as far as I'm concerned the Apple TV project never moved out of that "hobby" status that Steve Jobs first described it as being. The Firestick does everything I need. It's got a quick, well-organized interface, and now that there's an AppleTV App that you can download on the Firestick, I can use it to watch all the iTunes Store content that I've bought over the years.
You're paid by Amazon to say that right?
Having used Apple TV since 2010, I've yet to have a 'crash'. Are you sure that you are not an Apple hater? Your experience sounds highly unlikely.
"As with all Apple products, the Apple TV 4K performs with style, class and grace."
Are you paid by Apple to shill their products and post something completely hyperbolic sounding every time someone asks about Apple TV? You sound like a used car salesman. Looking at your post history, that's pretty much what all of them sound like.
I've been using Apple products for 20 years, and I use the best tool for the job. My wife and I both have iPhones, an iPad, AirPods, and we're about to purchase an iMac. There are some things Apple does well, and some things they don't. I had Apple TVs (several generations) for many years, and I finally gave up on it after it didn't get the attention it deserved from Apple. My experience with the Firestick is infinitely better than Apple TV, and just because something comes in a shiny $200 box doesn't mean it works better than the competing product.
Why do you continually throw out these insults? I have an apple tv and a firestick. Both have pros and cons. Both are better and worse at some things.Whatever floats your boat but comparing an Amazon stick - a product that uses the most appalling of software, zero security and cheap components to something that has been made with quality is rather insulting. You really cannot get any lower in quality than an Amazon Fire product. They are an absolute disgrace and bought by rather clueless, highly ignorant users.
Whatever floats your boat but comparing an Amazon stick - a product that uses the most appalling of software, zero security and cheap components to something that has been made with quality is rather insulting. You really cannot get any lower in quality than an Amazon Fire product. They are an absolute disgrace and bought by rather clueless, highly ignorant users.
There's previous also:-
""Over-the-Top streaming devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which currently sell between for $30 to $100, are cheap alternatives to smart TVs for cord-cutters. Instead of charging more for the hardware or the membership, Roku and Amazon Fire TV monetize their platforms through advertisements, which rely on tracking users’ viewing habits," said Hooman Mohajeri Moghaddam, one of the authors of the study by Princeton University."
"Google's tracker appeared on 975 of the top 1000 Roku apps, while Amazon's tracker appeared on 687 of the top 1000 Amazon Fire TV apps. However, many others trackers also ranked prominently across apps.
- - "Out of 100 randomly selected channels on Roku and Amazon, we found 9 channels on Roku (e.g., “CBS News” and “News 5 Cleveland WEWS”) and 14 channels on the Fire TV (e.g., “NBC News” and “Travel Channel”) that leaked the title of the video to a tracking domain. On Roku, all video titles were leaked over unencrypted connections, exposing user video history to eavesdroppers. On Fire TV, only two channels (NBC News and WRAL) used an unencrypted connection when sending the title to tracking domains.""
- oh, and by the way:-
- " "OTT platforms provide privacy options that purport to limit tracking on their devices: “Limit Ad Tracking” on Roku and ”Disable Interest-based Ads” on Amazon Fire TV. Our measurements show that these privacy options fall short of preventing tracking.
- Turning on these options did not change the number of trackers contacted."
I was disappointed to learn the Firestick 4K doesn’t (currently) support Dolby Vision & Atmos with ATV+ as I already have a Dolby Vision/Atmos setup, so I bit the bullet and finally bought a ATV 4K. I say bit the bullet because I’ve been waiting patiently for ages in case they refreshed the hardware, but I gave up holding on.
Bought it Black Friday from the Apple Store, got the £25 store voucher (or whatever the amount was) , and I was surprised to find I got a years free Apple TV+ with it, huh! I knew this came with new iPhones etc, wasn’t aware it came with purchases of Apple TV 4K? Not complaining. £25 voucher, plus the £60 I save on not having to sub Apple TV+ for a year (which I would have paid for) takes the sting out of buying “old” hardware.
Very happy with it over the Firestick. I like how I can declutter the home screen to the few apps I’ll actually use, all so much more elegant.
After hearing so many bad things about the remote, I’m pleasantly surprised, it’s fine and I’ve come to actually like it! Bought a rubber case for it off Amazon, negates all the issues I’d likely have with it being so small, slim and easy to pick up the wrong way around. Normally I’d never put a remote in a case lol, I’m caseless for everything.
The OS on my LG is actually good, but there’s the absence of a Apple TV+ app, and having Airplay again is nice (had a 1080p ATV years ago). I’ve wanted to disconnect my LG from the network for ages. It periodically gets updated. I’m completely happy with it as a dumb panel so I’m glad to completely remove the possibility of a rogue update that will lessen the image quality, slow down the OS or worse, brick it.
There’s also the privacy/hacking issue, traditionally dumb appliances that are now IOT are very low hanging fruit. The less devices that have my Apple,Prime & Netflix accounts the better.
Sure, champ. I'm a Computer Information Technology major with two decades of experience working in the technology industry, and have actually bought and tested most of these products that you bash, but I'm the ignorant one.
You are seriously the WORST kind of Apple user. The reason so many people don't take Apple or Apple users like myself seriously when we say they have some good products is because guys like you sound like you belong to some kind of cult.